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STEM Materials Science


This course appeals to a wide range of students with its unique combination of science, ingenuity, creativity, and exciting hands-on labs. Material Science uses a multi-disciplinary approach to science and technology. Students learn about materials, material uses and applications, scientific theories, and practical experiences that prepare them to work in a technologically rich environment. The basic principles of physics, chemistry and biology are used in the study of materials.
Curriculum Link: Author: The STEM Academy

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students will demonstrate an understanding of:

  • The characteristics, scope, and core concepts of technology, the relationships among technologies and its connection to other fields of study, as well as technology’s cultural, social, economic, and political effects.
  • The effects of technology on the environment, the role of society in developing and using technology, and the influence of technology on history.
  • The attributes of design, engineering design, and the role of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Students will be able to:

  • Apply the design process, use and maintain technological products and systems, and assess the impact of products and systems.
  • Select and use medical technologies, agricultural and related biotechnologies, energy and power technologies, information and communication technologies, and transportation, manufacturing technologies and construction technologies.

Description of Activities

Students will demonstrate an understanding of introductory materials science, the characteristics of solids, mechanical properties and reactivity, metals, the historical development of metals, metallurgical alloys, altering the mechanical properties of metals, testing and manufacturing processes in metallurgy, glass and its special ceramic qualities and properties, ceramic manufacturing processes, the chemistry of polymers, copolymers and elastomers, the engineering and manufacturing of polymers, composites, wood and concrete, fiber reinforced composites, and composite manufacturing processes.

Instructional Materials Needed

Teacher access to the internet assures access to all course materials and the Learning Management System. Much of the content is facilitated if students have access to web-enabled devices.

Instructional Materials Provided

Objectives, teacher preparation, content outlines, learning activities, select equipment, recommended local consumables, case studies, resources, PowerPoints, and online assessments

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Additional criteria

Cost: Curriculum access unlimited per site. Project resources are provided to support the qualified number of students per class size. Contact The Stem Academy for cost estimates.

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: Laboratory Science; Interdisciplinary; Career Exploration

States' Career Clusters: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math; Manufacturing

California Industry sector(s): Manufacturing and Product Development; Engineering and Architecture

Duration: 180 course hours

Grade Target: 12

Level of Expertise for CTE: Capstone/Advanced

Targeted Support Material: Industry Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TRAINING REQUIRED Other training available, including 4-day orientation training for instructors, career counselors and administrators. Summer 4-day Stem Instructor Training Boot Camp available for lead instructors. Online STEM Instructor Mentor Program also available.

Source: Organization/Publisher-developed

Organization/Publisher: STEM Academy

Usage Restrictions: Must contract with STEM Academy in order to use curriculum.

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